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Republic Bank hires inclusion and diversity leader Ashley Duncan to continue workplace initiatives

Republic Bank & Trust Company has announced the addition of Ashley Duncan as Vice President, Director of Inclusion & Diversity. In the newly created role, Duncan will shape and implement diversity, equity and inclusion employment and workplace strategies for the Bank, in partnership with senior leaders in the organization. Ashley Duncan Duncan joins Republic from Jefferson County Public Schools,...

Louisville teacher Angelina Harper’s NTI setup draws rave reviews from parents on social media

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher A Jefferson County public school teacher’s home setup for her children is being shared far and wide, providing other parents with ideas to keep kids focused during online schooling. Angelina Harper, a special education teacher at Cochran Elementary School (Jefferson County), had been thinking how to make non-traditional instruction (NTI) work for her three children....

KHSAA board members uphold earlier plan to resume high school fall sports competition in September

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control upheld its earlier decision to start full-fledged practice in five fall sports on Monday with competition beginning the week of Sept. 7. During a virtual meeting on Thursday, the board voted 16-2 in favor of its original plan that affects the sports of football, soccer, volleyball, cross country...

Three Kentucky schools receive $100,000 fitness centers as part of DON’T QUIT! campaign

Gov. Andy Beshear and Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced the three Kentucky schools that were selected to each receive a state-of-the-art $100,000 DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center. The multimillion-dollar DON’T QUIT! campaign has named Stuart Academy/Frost Sixth-Grade Academy in Louisville (Jefferson County Public Schools), Hiseville Elementary...

Passport Health Plan increases giving for numerous area nonprofits during COVID-19 pandemic

Building on its long-running support of organizations meeting the needs of at-risk Kentuckians, Passport Health Plan announced a partnership to aid The Salvation Army Louisville Area Command as it combats numerous negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Louisville-based Medicaid managed care organization is specifically supporting the charity’s Mission Essential Campaign, an effort...

Before ‘Zoom’ became a noun, UK grad Wilma Klein was Kentucky’s distance learning pioneer

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky While video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet are the talk of 2020, Kentucky students have been using technology to learn at home for 63 years. Wilma Howard Klein is the “grandmother” of distance education. The University of Kentucky College of Education alumna conducted the first instructional television program in the Commonwealth in 1957. Her...

Bellarmine University faculty lead fight against COVID-19, offer expert analysis for teachers to use

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, many Bellarmine University faculty, students and alumni are serving on the frontlines in the fight against the virus. They are teaching others in the community, too. Recently, three Bellarmine faculty members participated in a virtual panel discussion with Kristin Wingfeld, Coordinator for School Business Partnerships in Jefferson County Public Schools, to offer expert...

Ky. schools lack immunization records for thousands of students, prompting concerns among officials

A Louisville Courier Journal analysis has found that as of March, the Jefferson County Public Schools had no record of whether 4,300 students had received their shots for measles, mumps and rubella, despite a law that requires students to hand in those documents within two weeks of enrollment. That’s a story that can be told in school districts across the state. According to the state Department...

Labor cabinet denies Beshear request to rescind subpoenas; attorney general prepared to file suit

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has denied a request by Attorney General Andy Beshear to withdraw subpoenas to 10 local school districts seeking teacher attendance records. And if they don’t, the attorney general says he will sue. “I will not allow this governor to bully our teachers and fine them up to $1,000 a day,” Beshear said in a statement. “If the governor’s...

Commissioner Lewis extends deadline for Jefferson County to hire chief for exceptional child services

Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has extended the deadline for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to hire a chief for exceptional child education services. As part of a settlement agreement, signed on August 28, 2018, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) agreed that JCPS would fill this position by January 1, 2019; however, the deadline...

Toyota expands national family learning program to two Louisville sites with $175,000 grant

The National Center for Families Learning, in partnership with Toyota, the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) unveiled a unique family learning program. Called Toyota Family Learning, this innovative, two-generation model addresses the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families. LFPL received a three-year, $175,000 grant from...

Going for the Gold: Pair of Kentucky music teachers under consideration for Grammy Award

By Brenna R. Kelly Special to KyForward They don’t have a hit single or a critically acclaimed album, but two Kentucky educators are nominated for a Grammy award. The two music teachers are among 10 finalists from across the country nominated for the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. The award was created three years ago as a way to recognize kindergarten...

Kentucky auditor slams Jefferson County Public Schools as ‘bloated,’ ‘inefficient’

Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive examination of the Jefferson County Public Schools, exposing what he says is an unchecked bureaucracy that has become bloated and inefficient at the expense of the classroom.   The largest review ever conducted by the auditor’s office identified outdated and inefficient operations that cost taxpayers millions of dollars, a school board...

Kentucky auditor slams Jefferson County Public Schools as 'bloated,' 'inefficient'

Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday unveiled a comprehensive examination of the Jefferson County Public Schools, exposing what he says is an unchecked bureaucracy that has become bloated and inefficient at the expense of the classroom.   The largest review ever conducted by the auditor’s office identified outdated and inefficient operations that cost taxpayers millions of dollars, a school board...

Hilliard Lyons CEO receives 13th Joseph W. Kelly Award for business-school partnership

James Allen was presented the Joseph W. Kelly Award by the Kentucky Board of Education during its June meeting in Frankfort. Pictured from left are Commissioner Terry Holliday, Joseph W. Kelly, James Allen and KBE Chairman David Karem. (Photo from KBE)   The Kentucky Board of Education presented Louisville businessman James Allen with the 13th annual Joseph W. Kelly Award June 5. The award is...